Lowcountry Artist Creates The Future from the Past By: Liz Mitchell
Hank D. Herring
that she might use to stamp her note cards or gift items
creates his unique
such as scarves for her wedding party.
graphics from found or rescued
Hank’s adinkra symbols are produced in wood, metal or
almost any medium, to be used as stamps or as beauti-
as driftwood, dis-
ful framed art. Adinkra symbols are visuals originating
carded metals or
in West Africa to represent concepts or attitudes of
fabrics, using the
natural textures and patterns that exist.
He teaches at the Children’s Educational Village in Atlanta as the village printmaker and continually shows
“Using rescued materials…reminds me that the future
his passion for the community and the arts through
can be created from the past,” he said.
public events and forums. He’s always smiling and his big personality is infectious. A native of Rose Hill, NC,
He learned whittling from his two grandfathers and
Hank shows his work and hosts rotating shows of many
quilting from his mother and grandmothers, crediting
regional artists in his frame shop and gallery, the Green
his family with artistic stimulation. He taught himself
Herring Gallery, in the historic George Elliot House in
to draw and paint after an uncle gave him art supplies.
downtown Beaufort, SC.
He creates original wood stamps used for batiking, and
“Art should stir your soul and ignite your imagination,” is
then the stamps themselves become pieces of art. Each
his motto. His work exhibits his deep imagination and is
one is a handmade original. You name it, and he can
sure to stir some souls.
create it. A popular stamp is that of a new bride’s initials
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